As far as college football is concerned, this will be a pretty casual weekend indeed. In Div 1A, only the annual and very bitter Army-Navy rivalry is there to stir our imaginations. HOWEVER, there are also “real playoff games” in the other divisions and a nice slate of matchups in college hoops. Here’s a look ahead:
— Army vs Navy (Philadelphia): Gotta go with the Midshipmen here. They’ve had a bit of an inconsistent season (for them) but they soundly whipped Notre Dame, while the Irish did the same to Army. Regardless, seeing the passion these academy guys play with is truly special and this particular game is really why they play. Navy 31 Army 17.
Division 1AA Quarterfinals: Villanova vs App State, Georgia Southern vs Wofford, New Hampshire vs Delaware, N. Dakota State vs Eastern Washington
Division II Semifinals
— Shepherd vs Delta State; Northwest Missouri State vs Minnesota-Duluth
Div III Semifinals:
— Bethel (MN) vs Mount Union; Wisconsin Whitewater vs Wesley
Feel free to comment on any of these games. I see a few familair schools in the mix again … they seem to always be in the playoffs: Nova, Appalacian State, NW Mizzou, Mount Union and Wisc-Whitewater. AT LEAST THEY HAVE PLAYOFFS AND SETTLE IT ON THE FIELD!!!
Some high profile college hoops games:
— Congrats to Temple on a nice win at home vs Georgetown last night. But storm the court??? C’MON, MAN!
— #13 Tennessee at #3 Pitt: Panthers are tough and they’re REAL tough at home. Pitt by 8.
— Indiana at #16 Kentucky: Wildcats coming off a nice win vs ND while Hoosiers are 7-1 and just getting into a tough part of their schedule. These two schools don’t like eachother … bit of a cross-sectional rivalry here in Hoopsville, USA. Two proud traditions only about 180 miles apart. Go with the Cats at home. KY by 14.
— #19 UNLV at Louisville: The Cardinals are undefeated and will remain that way. Freedom Hall is a terrific advantage. Loo’ville by 5.
— #22 Washington at Texas A&M: Pretty good Aggies team (8-1) battling for respect. (Wally and fam may be in attendance if highschool tournament games are over in time). I’m just gonna go with the home team … they’ve been playing a bit sloppy lately but they should regain some focus with the Huskies in town. Aggies by 3 in a see-saw battle.
— Gonzaga at #23 Notre Dame: The Zags are 4-4 but have played a tough schedule early on. The Irish received their 1st loss of the season Wed at Kentucky. Catholic school battle … not sure if they’ve ever played before. Irish are tough at home, but will the students be there or studying for finals??? Mike Brey’s squad really needs to win this one or they’ll have “Pretender” written all over them. This appears to be the year to beat the Zags and you have them on your homecourt with a verteran team. Get ‘er done, Brey! Irish by 5.
Please feel free to comment on the upcoming college games. Hope y’all have a great weekend.